Sweet Saturday Sample - 02/06/2012

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I hope you enjoy this week's little sample from my current book "Journey to Her Dreams".

Jeremy checked out the room. It had a touch of organised chaos to it, with magazines in one corner of the couch and the other side swamped with laundry. The single seater seemed to have all the mail on it, nicely sorted with little sticky notes, which, as he noticed on coming closer, had the due dates written on them. Jeremy choked back a smile and went over to the shelf. He was surprised by the variety of books and magazines. A lot of them were advertising related, but he also found a few books by Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, Caroline Graham and, as it seemed, the entire collection of the

Midsomer Murders series. There were also Dan Brown’s books, a few John Grishams and even Cecelia Ahern. What a mix. He found some photos amongst all the books as well. He laughed when he noted a photo of Hollie and Alex in school uniform. A photo sitting in the back corner caught his eye, and he thought he recognised a younger Murray, and assumed the woman by his side was Hollie’s mother.

“That’s my Mum,” Hollie said, all of a sudden by his side.
“She was beautiful,” he commented.
Hollie took the frame in her hand. “Yes, she was,” she whispered. Jeremy stared at her.
“Anyway,” she said, “let’s do the impossible and finish this application.”
Jeremy watched her as she carefully placed the frame back onto the shelf, in the back corner. “Why are you hiding it?”

“Hiding what?”
He nodded towards the shelf. “Your mum’s photo.”
She frowned as she protested. “I’m not hiding it.”
“Yes, you are.”
Hands on hips she met his gaze. “Excuse me, so you have a diploma in psychology, too? I’m not hiding it. I place it at the back. I have a tendency to feel guilty that my mum had to die so I could live. I merely place it in a spot where she’s close to me, but not always in my sight.”

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  1. Insightful. I imagine you might feel guilty if your mother died when you were born.

  2. I enjoyed this peek into the characters' lives...and now I'm quite curious about what's going on with Hollie.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SWEET SATURDAY SAMPLE

  3. I like the way you use Jeremy to introduce us to your heroine. A very visual scene, here, packed with information.

  4. LUV!! I even remember, that, lol. Considering how forgetful I am, that's saying something! ;)

  5. Oh, so she really IS hiding it -- in a way! I like the way you gave us a tour of the room through Jeremy's eyes. It tells the reader a lot about her in a natural way. Good writing.

  6. Her defensiveness over the photo poured through the words, making her real and likeable for me. Great sample.

  7. This is a wonderful scene as we see things through his eyes. But it is interesting the way he quizzed her about the photo of her Mum

  8. Thank you everyone for your comments! And apologies for being slack this week in returning the favour. Hopefully once I get rid of this cold I'll be more organised to read all your great samples!